Fall 2019 - MBB 322 D100

Molecular Physiology (3)

Class Number: 1881

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

    We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.



Biochemical and molecular aspects of cellular function, interactions and communication including cell cycle, apoptosis, cancer, immune system, neuronal transmission and the signal transduction pathways that integrate them.


Lecture Topics:

  1. Biomembranes I: Membrane structure, organization, dynamics
  2. Biomembranes II: Extracellular matrix, cell adhesion
  3. Cell signaling I: Molecular switches, second messengers
  4. Cell signaling II: G-protein coupled receptors
  5. Cell signaling III: Enzyme-coupled receptors, Ras/MAPK
  6. Cell signaling IV: Nerve cells and Neurotransmitters
  7. Eukaryotic cell cycle I: Cyclins, Cyclin-dependent kinases
  8. Eukaryotic cell cycle II: Regulatory events
  9. Eukaryotic cell cycle III: Cell death and apoptosis
  10. Eukaryotic cell cycle IV: Stem cells and cancer
  11. Immunology I: Cells of the immune system
  12. Immunology II: B cell and T cell development
  13. Immunology III: Responses to pathogen infection


  • Exam I 30%
  • Exam II 30%
  • Final Exam 40%



Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th edition. 2015. Garland Publishing. E-book available at https://www.vitalsource.com/products/molecular-biology-of-the-cell-6e-bruce-alberts-v9781317563754 ISBN: 9781317563754

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